Stitches are given for a number of different reasons. If you’ve experienced a wound that is considered at risk of infection, you will likely require stitches. In order to avoid infection, even after stitches are received, it’s important that your wound is cared for and observed properly.
Keep Stitches Dry
Find out from your doctor how long you need to keep your wound dry. In most cases, it’s important to avoid scrubbing or soaking the wound for at least the first 48 hours. Your doctor will let you know when your bandage can be removed and when you can wash the wound to remove the crust.
Treat Your Bandages Properly
If your wound is in a place that is unlikely to get dirty or where clothing will not rub against it, you may not need a bandage. However, if a bandage is required, it’s important that it is changed every 24 hours or any time it gets wet or dirty. Ensure you are following care directions given by your medical professional.
Remember They Are Temporary
Stitches can seem miserable when they itch and feel irritated, but remember they will be removed soon. Most stitches are removed between 4 and 14 days, depending on their location. Your doctor will be able to determine how long they need to be left in based on the depth and size of the wound.
If you’ve suffered a wound that you believe may require stitches, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.